Sylvia and I have not received our Stimulus Check yet. I think today was Pay Day at work and we haven’t even received THAT money yet.
When we checked our Bank Account, to see if those 2 Checks were in there, we noticed another Direct Deposit that we didn’t know about. It was for $26.16. Its description simply read: “Broadcast Music Roy”.
It took us a few seconds to figure out what that was. We figured it “might” be some type of Royalty payment for our Music… BUT, I know, from decades ago, that Musicians are only paid about a penny or a fraction of a penny in Royalties each time a Song is played in public. So, we thought, how could we have $26 in “Royalties”?
I told Sylvia we Registered with “BMI” (which stands for “Broadcast Music Incorporated”) so let’s start there.
- BMI, and others, is a Performance Rights organization which tracks which Songs are played in Public, how often they’re played, collects the Royalties and disperses those payments to the proper people.
When I Logged-In to our BMI Account, we saw that we did earn $26.16 in Royalties… our first ever Royalties!!!
Here’s how BMI breaks down:
BELGIUM: $0.01 – for our Song “Calling All Humans”
CANADA: $0.02 – for our Song “Calling All Humans”
UNITED KINGDOM: $26.13 – for our Track “Dialog Inextinguishable”
- “Calling All Humans” is a Single that we released while in the middle of creating our Album: “Perfectionately Yours”. “Dialog Inextinguishable” is a strange one. It’s on our Album but its not really a “Song”. It’s spoken dialog, which tells part of the story in that Concept Album. So why anyone would want to play it in Public AND more than a few times, is something Sylvia and I don’t understand. We ARE grateful for the money and recognition but we’re just a bit confused on this one.
My “guess” is that there are around 10,000 Songs created every day around this planet and with everyone having equal access to the Public’s attention, even huge Singers and Bands, like Elvis and Led Zeppelin, would have a very difficult time these days, just getting the Public to notice their work. So to actually have ROYALTIES from even ONE Track… THAT is monumental for any Musician.
Here’s where anyone can go to hear all of our Songs for free:
- Remember, our Album “Perfectionately Yours” is a “Concept” Album. The entire Album tells one story, with each Track explaining one part of it.
- With this particular Concept Album, Sylvia and I wanted to infuse my emotions… the rawness of me facing the thought that My Sylvia had just crossed-over, with the first few Tracks being very chaotic. As the Album progresses, the mood becomes lighter and the notes become more on-purpose.
- So, before listening to this Album, be sure to scroll down on the BandCamp page (below) and read the Notes describing what you are about to hear.
Here’s the direct link to our Band’s website:
This next one’s a ‘bonus’ (something you should know but it doesn’t directly provide “me” with any feedback of “when” me and My Sylvia will be together).
This 13-minute video is by Financial whistleblower, Charlie Ward. He provides a basic summary of what the upcoming Quantum Financial System (QFS) is. This video is really for those who have never heard of this.
Here’s the link: